The funeral of Kendal soldier Kingsman Ryan Ward has taken  place with full military honours on the 12th November 2012  at Kendal Parish Church.

The people of Kendal and the local community lined the streets in respect for Kingsman Ryan Ward

The 20 year old soldier was found dead at his home in Lound Street, Kendal on the 27th October 2012.

His family  paid tribute to him saying he was a ‘true professional soldier.’ He served with the 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster Regiment and was attached to the Yorkshire regiment. He leaves his mother, father and brother Mark.

Kingsman Ward’s family said:

Ryan was a true professional soldier who loved his job and lived his life to the full. He served 2nd Battalion Duke Of Lancaster’s Regiment with great honour. He also deployed to Afghanistan with 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment and served them with distinction.

During his time in the Army Ryan had shown undoubted loyalty to his brothers in arms, they regarded Ryan as a true esteemed colleague. One of many highlights of Ryan’s Army career was to represent AFC Harrogate in Australia on a rugby league tour, which he was immensely proud of.

He will be sadly missed by his Mother, Father, Brother, Family and friends. He will always be a true hero in all our hearts.

Lieutenant Colonel Neil Unsworth, the Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, said:

The 2nd Battalion is shocked and saddened by the tragic death of Kingsman Ryan Ward. Our thoughts are with his family and close friends at this awful time.